There has been a lot of talk recently about blending Matcha with other teas. I am a HUGE supporter of tea blending and Matcha is no exception! One of my favorite “hot weather” combinations is a Iced Jasmine Matcha Latte. It combines two of my absolute favorite green teas- Jasmine Pearls and Matcha. Add just a touch of sweet cream, or any other sweetener and a splash of milk (or milk substitute) and you have the perfect iced tea latte!
1 1/2 tsp Imperial Grade Matcha
4-5 tsp Jasmine Pearls Green Tea
10oz water heated to 175ºF
Italian Sweet Cream (optional)
16oz Cup (I’m using a glass) full of ice
1. Heat the water to 175ºF
2. As the water heats- sift 1 1/2 tsp of Matcha into a Matcha bowl
3. Once the water is at the correct temperature, add 8oz of water to the Jasmine Pearls and let steep for 3 minutes- If you plan to use a sweetener add to the Jasmine now to allow it to dissolve
4. While the Jasmine is steeping prepare the Matcha
5. Once the Jasmine has finished steeping, add it to the cup of ice.
6. Optional- I like to use an electric whisk on my Matcha before I add it to my Jasmine. This gives my latte a nice foam at the top
7. Add Matcha to the Jasmine
8. Optional- Add a splash of Sweet Cream or any other Milk/Milk Substitute product you’d like to taste
Now Enjoy Your Iced Jasmine Matcha Latte!!
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Because Taste Matters
Recently, LiberTeas asked if anybody was interested in doing a review on Litehouse Foods product line in conjunction with Mother’s Day. I jumped instantly at the opportunity. My mom is a huge foodie! She is an amazing little chef and baker in her own right. My childhood memories are flooded with happy times with family members and there was something fantastic to munch on. My mom was thrilled to participate and so was my dad. We had a ton of incredible spices and dressings to play with.
We started the day out with making up some dip. Salmon dip. Salmon dip with these amazing freeze dried spices that Litehouse Foods provided. My mom gave me a face when she saw the jar and I told her that all she needed to do was add water. She was a good team player and went with it. it I think she is addicted to them now. Litehouse Foods has an array of different freeze dried spices from cilantro to ginger. All you do is add water to the spices and Viola! You have instant fresh spices. The taste fresh too. Just like you bought them fresh from the local market.
1-can pink salmon
1 pk cream cheese
pinch of garlic powder (or to taste)
Litehouse Foods Freeze Dried Chives- 2 tablespoons (or to taste)
Litehouse Foods Freeze Dried Dill- 3 tablespoons (or to taste)
We took a can of pink salmon, a package of cream cheese, Litehouse Food Chives, Litehouse Food’s Dill, and garlic powder. Mix all of it up in a bowl. We basically added the spices in to taste. Wowza! The dip turned out so good. Rich and creamy with a hint of tang from the dill and chives. The dill and chive spices tasted so fresh and bright.
Since we used so much cream cheese, the salmon flavor was very light and subtle. Such a delightful treat to start our day with. We all said we could see this being a spread that you could put on break for finger sandwiches. Since I have an issue with carbs, we stuck to this being a dip instead.
We also opened Litehouse Foods’ Cucumber Dill Dip. We are the family that always has the veggie tray at these festivies. My mom ate half of this dip on her own with carrot sticks. She proclaimed this to be the best veggie dip ever. And she has always been a lover of the Ranch Packet dip.
Next, we made my Buffalo Chicken Street Tacos. A recipe I can come up with one day for dinner.
1 can of Buffalo Chicken (I get mine from Costco)
1 can of corn-drained
1 can of diced tomatoes-drained
1 green pepper-diced
1 pkg of taco seasoning
Dump all ingredients into a pan or combine all into a crock pot for ease. If you want the mixture spicy, add in some red pepper flakes or jalapenos. Warm up the mixture and allow the ingredients to simmer together.
Take either soft tortillas or hard shell shells and pour some of the mixture in. Add in any kind of cheese you would use for tacos.
Since this is Buffalo Chicken, I was hit with “inspiration” for this dish and thought, Litehouse Foods has my favorite Blue Cheese dressing- Chunky Bleu Cheese. The best part of this dressing, it is Gluten Free! I try to go as Gluten Free as possible. So, after we made up the tacos, we added in some of the dressing instead of using a salsa or sour cream. Oh mama! Were these ever delicious! We gobbled them down like you wouldn’t believe! The creamy blue cheese dressing calmed the spices in the mixture just a bit and brought out an amazing buffalo chicken flavor.
We are huge salad eaters at our family functions. One of my aunt’s duties each get together is to bring the salad. She was so excited to see an Litehouse Foods’ Organic Ranch dressing. She adored it! She said it was rich and tangy with an incredible texture. All she could say was Yum !Yum! A Yum!
To end our Mother’s Day luncheon with a dessert my mom makes with crushed pineapple, chunks of angel food cake, layered like a parfait with sliced strawberries on top. It is a MUST for my family. My 9 year old destroys a bowl full in a matter of seconds. Too add a bit of a fresh twist, we added in a couple of pinches of Litehouse Foods Mint. When we received the Litehouse Foods box a few days before Mother’s Day, I was the most excited and looking forward to was trying this freeze dried spice out. I couldn’t wait to add the mint into teas, dessert, yogurts, smoothies, and possibly an adult beverage or two. One bite of this dessert and it was this fantastic array of flavors. . the sweetness of the pineapple and strawberries and the fresh mint compounded with the vanilla sponge cake. . just so good! We all were in heaven.
We had a great time with the Litehouse Foods and spices, dips and dressings. I can honestly say that I have bought Litehouse Foods products in the past and have enjoyed them. But for one reason or another, just never seemed to pick those products up again. I can say after this Mother’s Day luncheon, Litehouse Foods has renewed customers out of us. I am dying now to pick up the Cilantro and other herbs they offer. And I can say without any kind of hesitation that I will never run out of this Bleu Cheese dressing. Thank you Litehouse Foods for giving my mom and I a fantastic lunch!! We appreciated the products and can’t wait to get our hands on more!
When we got back home from my parents, my boyfriend handed me a bag and said “Happy Mother’s Day”. He gave me the most thoughtful gift I have ever received! I just had to share.